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May 27th Current Affairs

International Issues


The Middle East Airport Expo-2012 came to a close in Dubai with the display of latest technologies in the airport and aviation sectors. Over 210 exhibitors from 32 countries took part in the three day show at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

One of the major attractions was the display of one stop check in facility located at hotels, resorts to automated boarding gates for passengers to Wi-fi connected information panels.

The concept of green and efficient airports was in the limelight as companies showcased their environment friendly technology. The industry heavy weights showed keen interest in the region where an estimated $400 billion is expected to be invested in the airlines and the airports in near future.

They said that Middle East and Asia are the rapidly growing markets where the potential needs to be explored.





The 14th ASEAN-India senior officials meeting has begun in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The one-day meeting is co-chaired by secretary of state at Cambodia's Foreign Ministry, Soeung Rathchavy and Indian Ministry of External Affairs Secretary, Sanjay Singh. 

It will review progress of ASEAN- India cooperation and its future direction. Among other things, the meeting will also discuss the development of the India-Myanmar-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia highway and the extension of the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway to Laos and Cambodia. 

Established in 1967, the ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


National Issues


The Centre has fixed a target of five lakh 70 thousand crore rupees direct tax collection this year. Inaugurating an Aaaykar Sewa Kendra in Kolkata this morning the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that besides this target government desires that the direct tax collection should reach 12 percent of the GDP. 

Referring to the various customer friendly steps for tax payers Mr.Mukherjee said that the aim is to promote more and more voluntary tax compliance. The Finance Minister said that two Income Tax Offices will be opened at Durgapur and Jalpaigudi of West Bengal soon.





In Andhra Pradesh, about 46 thousand acres of barren land, assigned to SCs and STs has been brought under cultivation after providing irrigation facility under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. About 25 thousand SC and ST farmers have been benefitted under the special initiative called Indira Jala Prabha in the past seven months in the state. 

About 2 lakh 30 thousand acres of assigned land will be brought under cultivation this year with the help of MGNREGP.





The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to revise guidelines for setting up of thermal power projects by clearly demarcating the areas not conducive for projects.

The MoEF was asked to submit the revised guidelines, which should clearly indicate 'Go' as the area for a project and 'No go' as the place where a project cannot be undertaken, within three months. The order came along with the Tribunal's decision that environment clearance to a private construction company for first phase of proposed 2,640 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, shall remain suspended and the MoEF shall revisit the nod.

The Rs 14,000-crore thermal power project was caught in controversy after protests by locals that led to death of three persons in police firing in July, 2010. A bench of Tribunal headed by its Acting Chairperson A S Naidu said the guidelines relating to TPPs followed by MoEF were formulated "way back" in 1987 and should be updated.





The 2nd Sustainable Mountain Development Summit concluded in Gangtok in Sikkim with the adoption of the ‘Gangtok Declaration’. The third Summit will be held at Kohima in Nagaland next year.

The Summit recommended for a greater focus and emphasis on the Sustainable Mountain Development. The role of the women of the mountain areas in livelihood generation and protection of environment has also been recognized in the ‘Gangtok Declaration’. It was agreed upon at the Summit that the Mountain States will work together to protect the resources of the Himalayan region and achieve sustainable development of the region.The delegates stressed that the needs of the Himalayan region should be seen from a mountain-perspective and the hill people should be given a chance to present their problems before the Centre. 

The Parliamentarians and legislators from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya and experts from different organizations, also deliberated on Climate Change and the need for necessary Legislation, on the sidelines of the Summit.





The ECIL authorities have now added a new unit named “Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail Unit” (VVPAT), which is a sort of printer facility, added to the Ballot Unit.

After the vote is cast by pressing the button on BU, the facility will now display the candidate serial number and his party symbol (in whose favour the vote is cast), on its LCD panel for a few seconds.


Sports


Kolkata Knight Riders lift the IPL 5 trophy defeating Chennai Super kings.


Awards


Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited (REIL), known for its electronic milk testing instruments and solar lighting technology, has been chosen for the “Best PSU Award 2012” in the Mini Ratna category.

REIL, under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises, has a track record of professional management and profitable operations over the past three decades. The company is engaged in taking electronics, Information Technology and renewable energy to the villages of the country.



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